Useful Tips for Adventure at Rohtang Pass this Summer


Useful Tips for Adventure at Rohtang Pass this Summer


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Rohtang Pass or Rohtang La is beautiful and highest motorable pass near Manali, Rohtang litrally means ‘ground of corpses’ and is located at an altitude of more than 13, 000 feet on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. in Old days, Bad weather, unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards cause the deaths of many people, which is why this was a dangerous pass to cross in past. On a normal day, the drive to Rohtang is too tedious as you many take upto 6hrs to cover 52kms to Rohtang from Manali. The Rohtang Trip rewards you with breathtaking beauty, tests your patience, and make you realize the godly beauty of mountains. Rohtang connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Rule No – 1 – Get Up Early

There is always huge rush of tourists for Rohtang Pass, Hence you need to leave early at 2:30AM to leave for Rohtang Pass to jump the queue. Last Taxi ride allowed for Rohtang is 11:30 AM, hence you must get up early if want to visit Rohtang Pass.

Rohtang Pass is located at altitude of 13,050 feet, In winter & summer , it is mostly covered under 30 to 50 feet snow and temperature is always below zero,it is ecologically very sensitive and himachal government has taken strict steps to preserve the fragile Rohtang pass eco system from ever increasing tourist inflow and exhaust fumes of vehicles.

Rule No – 2 – Respect the Ecological Senstivty of Rohtang pass.

When you travel to Rohtang pass, Always keep in mind that you are travelling to most sensitive eco-systems, hence be cautious as not to leave behind anu garbag or Rubbish. Stay away from Intoxicants like tobacco & liquors as mountain sickness can catch you. Just enjoys the cool vistas of beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river view which flows down in the Lahaul valley. Also enjoy the Geypan. Be Proud that you are on Rohtang Pass – the world’s Highest pass.

Rule No -3 – Go always in Himachal Registered taxi

Tourists travelling in a Taxi or vehicle not bearing Himachal Pradesh registration, should hire a local Manali taxi beyond Kothi located at 13 km from Manali towards Rohtang.

Rule No – 4 – Keep in Mind the Limit for vehicles for Rohtang pass

For  Rohtang Pass, only 400 tourists vehicles/taxis (HP Registered) are allowed in the batches per day beyond Gulaba to snow point of Marhi or Rohtang Pass, The remaining vehicles are not be allowed to go beyond Kothi.

The traffic is allowed from 4 AM in the morning to 11 PM at night, after which traffic will not be allowed. Hence, it is suggested to start at 2:00 AM from Manali to beat the long traffic jams or come back empty handed. .

Vehicles will only be allowed to come back from Rohtang Pass to Manali after 11 AM to 6 PM only.

Rule No – 5 – Be Ready for the Long Traffic jams and wait

In peak seasons, It takes around five to eight hours reach Rohtang, It will become painful specially if you have kids. The problem compounds when both side traffic gets stuck on hair bend curves. Govt has regulated the same by allowing only one way traffic, vehicles from Manali can go to Rohtang between 4 am and 11 AM and come back to Manali only after 11 pm.

Rule No – 6 – No Night Travel to Rohtang Pass

Time between 10 pm to 6 am is the zero traffic hours and no vehicles is allowed on the Rohtang highway. Also you are not allowed to stay in the night on Rohtang pass. Also if you reach Manali in the after noon, You will need to postpone your Rohtang visit to next day early morning.

Rule No -7 -Never Fell into the Trap of Local Taxi Operators, Stick to your Travel Agency)

In Manali, Many taxi operators take tourists to Rohtang early morning and even at midnight, so as to make multiple trips to Rohtang on the same day, These operators are always in a rush and  don’t allow tourists to enjoy much time at Rohtang pass, saying that they will get stuck in traffic jam.

Rule No -8 – Issue of Passes/Permits for Rohtang

The Rohtang Pass Permit are issued by HP govt official camp setup at Gulaba ahead of Kothi and in HP tourism Office. There are additional charges ( Congestion Charges ) of Rs. 50/- per vehicle has to be paid which includes both Motor Bike and Cars.


Rule No – 9 – Acclimatization & Dark Shades are Must.

It is suggested you get acclimitize in Manali hotel by staying at least one night as you may encounter Acute Mountain Sickness. It is also suggested to put your darkest sunglasses on to prevent snow blindness